Organ donations by Elsie Mahe featured in I-15 freeway billboard tribute by Kidney Foundation

DESERET NEWS | Dick Herman


The legacy of departed Elsie Mahe received a tender extension on Thursday when The National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho raised an I-15 billboard in her honor — and it caught her mother Sunny by surprise.

Elsie, age 3, died after a tragic home accident just before Thanksgiving this past fall and her story and subsequent donation of her organs by her family has inspired many. She is the daughter of BYU assistant football coach Reno Mahe, and his wife, a former all-conference volleyball star.

The billboard, which is located on the west side of I-15 near her home in Lehi, was designed with the tribute of honoring her sacrifice with also crediting her for saving the lives of five people.

“When Reno Mahe saw the design, his face just lit up," said Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho CEO Deen Vetterli. "He then said he wanted it to be a surprise to his wife and family after Reno drove her by the billboard Thursday." Continue reading

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